When I am Gone

By Shel Silverstein 1932–1999 Shel Silverstein
When I am gone what will you do?
Who will write and draw for you?
Someone smarter—someone new?
Someone better—maybe YOU!

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Poet Shel Silverstein 1932–1999

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Coming of Age, Youth

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A singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, award-winning children’s writer, and actor, Shel Silverstein grew up in Chicago. He started out as a cartoonist, publishing work in Playboy and the military publication Stars & Stripes, before turning to children’s books.Silverstein is the author and illustrator of numerous books, including The Giving Tree (1964), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974), A Light in the Attic (1981), and . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Coming of Age, Youth

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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